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Today's data warehouse architecture is about 25 years old. The major question that we will try to answer at this unique one-day seminar is: "Are our current architectural and design decisions still relevant in the light of today's changing business needs and technological advances ?". Or: how can you make your data warehouse solution future-proof ?
Business needs have advanced dramatically, particularly over the last couple of years: from "whenever" to "right now", from "our own data" to "every information feed on the planet", from "command and control" to "the wisdom of crowds". Our current architecture is stretched beyond its limits, how can we make sure it doesn't break ?
Technology has moved on as well. New hardware and software techniques are revolutionising database technology and information management in general. Service-oriented architecture is driving a slow but steady evolution in how we build applications. And social networking, from simple text messaging to mashups, has reinvented how we communicate.
Most current data warehouse architectures are based around a number of data stores, such as a staging area, a central data warehouse, a number of data marts, and possibly a number of cubes. Data is periodically copied from one data store to another. This architecture has served us well for a long time, but is it still the preferred solution if we consider the new user demands? The answer might be no. Self-service BI, operational BI, sandboxing, and deep analytics are all new user demands that are very hard to implement in a classic architecture. In addition, it's not easy to adopt new technologies such as appliances, in-memory analytics and federation, in these architectures. The effect is that we won't benefit from the opportunities offered by some of those new technologies.
During this seminar, presented by 3 worldwide renowned experts in business intelligence, data warehousing and information management, we will look at both these changing business needs and the new technological opportunities, and see how you can design a better, more flexible, more powerful and more future-proof data warehouse architecture.
This seminar is aimed at everyone who is directly or indirectly involved in the evaluation, selection, implementation, support or usage of future-proof business intelligence solutions in your organization. It will benefit both IT and business people who want to obtain a view on what the future will bring for business intelligence.
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